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Subject: amazing show
great morning dew, fabulous show. trucked up from augusta at age 16 with 5 friends. police searched the car on the traffic jam up, resulting in a court summons. didn't have tix but they opened the gates midway through the second set.
Subject: Phil carpet bombs the Speedway.
Aiko kind of bumbles out, but Jack Straw completely makes up for it as Phil starts dropping bombs. Jerry heads into West LA with a nice gain on his guitar, that again coupled with bombs, leads to a great crashdown. Descending scales are the order of the day in Memphis Blues, followed by Row. A nice, improv heavy Blow Away brings us to two nascent songs, Victim and Foolish to close the set. Interesting to hear the live development of these gems.
Jerry and Phil feeling nimble, they open the set with a spot on Crazy Fingers that transitions directly into the band's theme. The PITB jam sets off with a Phil solo. Jerry takes over, Phil maintaining a prominent role. Jerry puts much gain on his axe and it's off with heads in the audience. The jam later takes a more exploratory turn which finds its way naturally into powerful UJB. The fun isn't over, as the familiar intro chords of Terrapin emerge from the end of UJB. 88 was a great year for Weir, and this TS is an example. To recover from his flub, Jerry adds the gain back to the jam, and all is forgiven. The electric drums and Phil push the tempo, allow Brent and Jerry to fully satisfy. Massive, reverb Phil bombs toward the end make this not to be missed.
A well rounded Wheel pulls us out of space, followed by the welcoming intro of Gimme Some Lovin, where Jerry gets a bit of a rest and let's be honest, Phil has earned this. No rest for the weary lasts long, as they move into a Jerry showcase in Watchtower, which is quite psychedelic! The Dew does not disappoint either, considering Jerry has been heavy on the gain all night, and Phil dropping bombs. Sugar mags sends out the set with the same energy, and a fun Quinn fulfills encore aspirations.
Despite a couple of fledgling songs to end the set, they did a great job of keeping the energy high in the 1st. The 2nd set goes from graceful to powerful and back again several times. I was down on this show for a while, and that was silly of me.
A+, good levels and no discernible hiss
Subject: a heady scene
the folks in Maine hung out in their porch and waved at us coming and going to their small slice of heaven...the 4th was going to be fireworks and beer convention so we left after the 2 shows with little feat i believe...the scene outside the fence was better so gave 2nd nite ticket away...outside had my cooler and lotsa room no security...the ride home was fun if you flew down the road also you woudl remember...crisp recording thanks for sharing...
The most highly-praised run of '88 was this big ol' weekend @ Oxford; I think I may have to try one of these matrixes on this site. This Miller board sounds pretty good, yes, bur oddly stifled for an outdoor festival; you can't hear the crowd hardly at all.
First set takes us through a series of very strong numbers; love the ending part of the set when they boldly try out a few of their newer tunes - Brent, Bobby, and Jerry all sincerely give it a go. These songs are, by now, canon; at the time I've no doubt the audience was confusingly thrilled.
Second set is a long, sprawling, occasionally very powerful suite...some highlights:
* Jerry teasing the wah-wah on Playin' - man, he s should have gone for it!
* A **really** thrilling conclusion to the big UJB jam, before the final verse!
* Equally exciting is that run through Terrapin; Lady with a Fan is rough going, but the boys, when they get to that big ol' train station, really deliver some downright scary music! Check Mickey picking up the queue with those 'train engine'-electro devil-drums at work!
* Watchtower seethes, and Morning Dew has some great vocal work from Jerry....he really reaches here.
BTW, want to relive that ultra-cool Little Feat opening set? Here ya go! - http://archive.org/details/lf1988-07-02.aud.flac16
Always loved this show (slept in my tiny car that night!), and this recording is tops!
Subject: A Love Supreme
This show gets a little too much love, but Phil's riffing of Coltrane's Love Supreme during the Playing jam is more than worth your time.
Rest of the second set is no slouch either.
Subject: A REAL Good Time , indeed!
Listening to this loud in the house with the WOW effects set on Warp 10, I am transported back in time to the Speedway, where I arrived with old and new friends in a VW bus the night before the 2 shows, camped out in the lot for 3 days(!) and had the most unbelievably awesome TOTAL GD experience...too many memories...picked up by a tiny mini-van filled with heads, off to the "package" store, where the lines were 5 wide and 40 long, no one complaining, off to a secluded off the road swimming hole to cool off before the show, roaming around with an acoustic playing at umpteen million campfires and jams...AND THE SHOWS!! being there for this Terrapin was like being at take-off for some vast alien spaceship, listening to the outrageous stage banter( PHIL speaking? everybody went NUTS!!) The Ultralight over the crowd for Bird Song( even Jer looked up, glasses sliding back into place!) the new songs were great, and the band had a fire and spark that just made us all glad to be there...clapping hands and sing "Not Fade away" with a group of about 100 after the show was done for about 15-20 minutes, and many many more...so glad i went...wish I could go back and live there forever, like Lotus land....please email me your recollections, comments about being there to
firstname.lastname@example.org, and title it Oxford '88...I love to hear from anyone who was there! I have had audience recordings for years...so glad to hear a SB, and THANK YOU ARCHIVE!!!!!! Love and Respect...Jahknee
Subject: The Best Source For A Real Good Time In '88
This was a long crazy , crazy night in more then a few ways . A great show ; fun , goofy , innocent in a twisted GD kind of way . Believe me , the way we acted after the show was anything but innocent , in any sort of way . The next day was the last show of the E.C. tour , and it was a one road in kind of venue . Almost everyone who went to this show , camped very close to the venue . It was one big , crazy party . ( The next night you can almost feel the band and crowd trying hard , but man we were tired ) .
The whole show is uniformly solid - not a bad song here . New ones not ready to stretch their wings yet , but again finding that groove and pleasing . Classic stage banter involving PL , BW & JG . Crazy fingers is gently out of the gate in frame two . In the Maine gloaming Crazy Fingers > PITB was an inspired choice . The rest of the night was a whirl of light . That was a real good time . Best of '88 for me .